Stark Minimum Health Bill Introduced

September 1988
Risk Management (00355593);Sep88, Vol. 35 Issue 9, p8
Trade Publication
U.S. Representative Pete Stark has introduced a bill to require employers to provide health coverage to their employees. Under the Employee Health Benefits Improvement Act of 1988, employers would have to cover an employee and his or her dependent or be subject to a tax of up to $100 per employee for each day of noncompliance. Any employer that knew or should have known of a failure to provide coverage would be subject to a 180-day penalty, although the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services could waive any tax. Employees would be required to accept coverage. A health plan would need to provide benefits similar to those outlined in Medicare except a $1,000 or $1,500 deductibles would be allowed. No co-payments above these limits would be permitted. An additional required coverage would be benefits related to pregnancy without any deductible or coinsurance. Pre-existing condition limitations would be unacceptable. Employers would contribute at least 80 percent of the cost of a plan but employers need not pay the entire premium for low-income employees. Instead, such employees would be eligible for an income tax credit of up to 50 percent of the premium. States would be preempted from mandating benefits in excess of the act's requirements.


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